The city of Montreal is seeking permission from Quebec to allow cyclists to slow and yield to stop signs, but not necessarily come to a stop.
Is a similar idea coming to Vancouver?
Last week, Montreal city council sought a provincial commission to let cyclists execute what’s called an “Idaho stop.”
It allows moving cyclists to yield to traffic at stop signs, but allow them to proceed if the coast is clear.
HUB Cycling’s Erin O’Mellin says the idea isn’t about giving cyclists power over drivers.
“If there’s someone that has the right of way, then of course they do have to stop. And they have the responsibility to allow them to go, and proceed when it is their turn.”
She says drivers are able to better see a cyclist in motion and yielding to traffic, as opposed to cyclists who come to a full stop.
“Stop signs were not built with cycling in mind. This would just be saying we’re taking into consideration the capabilities of cycling and the different safety components there.”
Vancouver city councillor Heather Deal says the Idaho Stop is ‘on the city’s radar,’ but didn’t clarify if it’s immediately in the works.